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Welcome
Welcome to our second e-newsletter for 2013.  There has been quite a lot of activity amongst Indigenous Law Centre (ILC) staff and the Centre since our last e-Newsletter, including the successful re-election of Professor Megan Davis to serve a second term on the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) until 2016.  Congratulations Megan!  You can read more about Prof Davis’ attendance at the 12th Session of the UNPFII in New York, 2013 and other staff activities below.

In other news, the ILC would like to congratulate Centre Associates
Rachel Davis and Louise Taylor.  Rachel was recently awarded the 2013 UNSW Young Alumni Award and Louise has been appointed Deputy CEO of Legal Aid ACT.  Congratulations Rachel and Louise!  In celebration of other ILC staff achievements, we would also like to congratulate Melanie Simpson, our ILC co-ordinator, on recently being awarded her PhD and Marie Iskander, our AILR co-editor, who has just been announced as the new female co-president of the UNSW’s Law Society.  And finally the biggest congratulations of all goes to our ILC Acting Director Leon Terrill who has submitted his doctoral thesis. Hopefully, in a few more editions we can address him as Dr Terrill. Congratulations to Leon!  Read more


 
 

Congratulations Professor Megan Davis

Earlier this year, ILC Director Prof Megan Davis was successfully re-elected to serve a second term on the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) until 2016.  The UNPFII is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with a mandate to discuss Indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights. During her first term, Professor Davis has been... read more
Professor Davis accompanies Governor-General to New York
Earlier this year, Professor Davis was invited to join Governor-General Quentin Bryce as she led a delegation of prominent Indigenous Australians on a visit to meet with senior community leaders in areas of Canada (Vancouver, Ottawa and Iqaluit). Prof Davis has recently produced a UNPFII paper on the impact of the mining boom in Australia and around the world; in places such as Iqaluit, they are undergoing community readiness for the mining boom. Prof Davis travelled in a delegation that included ...read more

Dr Kyllie Cripps delivers TASA's 50th anniversary lecture

On the 25th July, Dr Cripps delivered The Australian Sociological Association’s (TASA) 50th anniversary lecture at the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Studies (AIATSIS) in Canberra.  Dr Cripps’ speech titled Indigenous child sexual abuse: who is responsible for effecting change? drew on findings of research conducted by the ILC exploring Indigenous children’s experiences of child sexual abuse before the courts across Australia. Read more
Professor Davis attends NACCHO Healthy Futures and AIHW Health for Life report launch
On the 19th of June, Prof Davis spoke at a Parliamentary Breakfast for the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO). Prof Davis spoke about the importance of community control and explained how the community control sector - more than any other sector - deal with the bread and butter of self-determination - choices people make about their lives each and every day and is leading the way on implementation of the UNDRIP. Read more    

Professor Megan Davis helps Woodridge State High School celebrate NAIDOC week
ILC Director Prof Megan Davis and Co-ordinator Melanie Simpson attended Woodridge State High School to help celebrate NAIDOC week.  The theme of NAIDOC week this year was 'We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963'.  Read more

Academic visitor to the ILC- Professor Nunez

For two weeks in early September, UNSW and the Indigenous Law Centre hosted a visit from Professor Manuel Núñez Poblete.  Professor Núñez is currently working on research about the Indigenous land rights regime in Australia.  Read more
Dr Kyllie Cripps participates in workshops based on earlier family violence research

Dr Kyllie Cripps participated as a panelist in two important workshops in Victoria hosted by Koorie Women Mean Business.   These workshops were held as an outcome of research conducted by Dr Cripps from 2009-2012 entitled Resistance and Renewal: Building and Supporting Community-led Partnership Initiatives Responding to Family Violence in Indigenous Communities in Victoria. The first workshop...read more

ILC Open Forum and Workshop

Australia's Mining Boom: The Impact on Aboriginal Communities
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Native Title: A Vehicle for Change and Empowerment? 

Read more about the ILC Open Forum and Workshop
2013
ILC student news

This semester the ILC welcomes four student interns to the Centre.  We are delighted to have Errin Walker working on the Indigenous Law Bulletin, Amber Karanikolas and Sumer Dayal working on the Australian Indigenous Law Review, while Steven Gardiner is undertaking the Social Justice Internship Program.  We would also like to thank our ILC student interns from Semester One – Georgie Richardson (Social Justice Internship Program) and Claire Kermond who undertook an Aurora Legal Internship at the ILC.

For more information about the ILC internship programs, click here.

Volume 16(2) features contributions from several Australian and international scholars on a range of topics. Among the issues canvassed are ways to reduce Indigenous over-representation in Northern Territory prisons; overcoming problems faced by Aboriginal people in making culturally appropriate wills; modern challenges to the findings of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody; an evaluation of the Family Responsibilities Commission, particularly in relation to leadership development and governance building; an exploration of the legal meanings and cultural implications of Welcome to and acknowledgement of Country speeches; the use of Māori as a civic language in the modern New Zealand Parliament; and integrating Indigenous justice into alternative dispute resolution practices. The cover of this issue features a linocut by Torres Strait Islander artist Alick Tipoti.

Indigenous Law Bulletin (ILB)

In Issue 8(6) we have an interesting selection of articles covering a number of important issues. We have a report on a workshop hosted by the ILC—Native Title: A vehicle for Change and Empowerment?—showcasing the thoughts of leaders in this field; a discussion on the role of consumer protection laws in safeguarding Indigenous people in their dealings with ‘telcos’; an interview with Gemma McKinnon—the recent recipient of a prestigious Churchill Fellowships; a case study of the Mudjala TK Project, the journey to patent of a novel traditional Aboriginal medicine; a look at legal and investment structures for communities who receive small, irregular or one-off mining payments; and, a review of the new book from Pulitzer Prize winning author, Jared Diamond, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

ILB and AILR feature article and artists

The ILC provides complimentary online access to one article in each edition of the ILB and the AILR.

AIlR - Ten proposals to reduce Indigenous over-representation in Northern Territory prisons

ILB - The Fernando principles and genetic vulnerabilities to the criminogenic effects of social environments

IB Featured artists - Jandamarra Cadd

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